Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets across the United States to protest gun control following the fatal shooting that killed 17 students and teachers in Parkland.
The ‘March for Our Lives’ crowd exceeded expectations, with officials originally forecasting approximately 500,000 people attending in Washington DC.
Estimations suggest the crowd even outnumbered that of President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Senator Chris Van Hollen had predicted such, and told The Hill:
I can tell you for sure, it’s larger than the Trump inauguration.
Mere hours after the march ended, organisers told NBC News that the estimated crowd size was 800,000 people.
Although the actual crowd size for the US president’s inauguration is not known, professor of crowd science at Manchester Metropolitan University Keith Still told Vox he estimates have put the size between 300,000 and 600,000.
The New York Times suggested Trump drew a crowd approximately one third of the size of Barack Obama’s record 1.8 million.
According to people riding the Metro on both days, ridership was up for the march, but down for Trump’s inauguration.
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